Not only is Lomachenko an exciting, masterful boxer, but I think martial artists should study him. Like the legendary Manny Pacquiao, Lomachenko is the master of angular movement. His counterclockwise circular hop is worthy of close study. For the martial artist, this means you are in a safe spot, outside of the opponent’s right hand, which may be a fist, or hold a beer bottle or knife.
I’ve reflected on how much of training takes place on a straight line, moving back and forth. Some styles don’t even aim for angular movement, while others teach it in theory, but never actually apply it in practice. I think a key is that Lomachenko mounts a powerful offense, so that when the opponent shells up or tries to evade a punch, Lomachenko is able to move to his back. Lomachenko is also able to evade the opponent’s jab or hook, come in close, and step to the opponent’s back.
In the controlled sparring of karate, for example, in which you’re not trying to take someone’s head off, in which you’re not getting rocked by shots to the head and body, your opponent will not lunge in with a shot intended to knock you out. In these circumstances, the opponent is always in control, not getting rocked, not overextending himself, and so he’ll easily counter your attempts to angle or circle on him. But once your fists start making contact with his face and gut, the opportunity to circle will present himself as he tries to protect himself.
Another key to Lomachenko’s success is his accuracy. In multiple punch combos, notice how many of them land. Also, when the opponent shells up, most boxers throw like crazy, bouncing off the defender’s forearms, gloves, and shoulder–but Lomachenko lands shot after shot in the gaps of the opponent’s defense, hitting the sides of the opp’s head, then dropping down to the midsection.
A further key is his evasiveness. Study the video and you see time after time how Lomachenko easily evades Sosa’s punches, which often flail about in the air.
At 5:30 above we see a technique of Lomachenko’s. When the opponent shells up (and he will shell up because he’s getting punished), Lomachenko raises a glove and drops it onto the opponent’s guard, stripping away one of his upraised hands. Lomachenko then throws a punch with his other hand into that newly-created opening.